A third of US lines up to buy yet-to-come iPhone 5

July 29th, 2011 - 12:50 am ICT by IANS  

London, July 28 (IANS) More than a third of consumers in the US are planning to buy the iPhone 5 even though no release date has yet been finalised, says a survey.

The Apple smartphone is slated for an early September release in the US, and internationally the following month.

Around 35 percent people plan to buy the iPhone 5 anyway, while being completely at sea regarding its features, says the survey.

Of these, 51 percent said they will buy the smartphone within a year of its release, 30 percent before the end of the year, 14 percent within the first month, and seven percent in the first week, reports the Daily Mail.

The study of 2,852 US consumers was carried out by PriceGrabber, a part of credit check company Experian.

Researchers found that 59 percent of respondents want a better battery life, and 55 percent are looking for cost reduction.

Meanwhile, technology blog Boy Genius Report has said telecommunications firm AT&T; is preparing employees for the iPhone 5 launch in September and has hired staff to cope with “new product launches”.

While 46 percent said 4G network compatibility was important to them, 45 percent are hoping for a larger screen, and 42 percent would like an improved camera.

When the survey subjects were asked which smartphone they would prefer to receive as a gift, Apple won by a landslide again, with 69 percent wanting the latest iPhone.

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